Electrochemistry and Chemitronics

Lecturer(s): Naoufel HADDOUR
Course ⋅ 12 hTC ⋅ 12 hPW ⋅ 8 hAutonomy ⋅ 12 hStudy ⋅ 4 h


Objectives of this course is to study the physicochemistry of electronic transfers at electrode/ electrolyte interfaces and concepts of electrochemical engineering. A large part of the course will be based on a concrete example of an industrial effluent treatment process. This course is mainly conducted in the form of problem-based learning, in group work, with individual evaluation at the end of the project.


Butler-Volmer model, fuel cells, corrosion, electrolysis, battery


This course will be presented in the form of a case study to address the following concepts:

  1. Electrochemical thermodynamics: Spontaneous and non-spontaneous redox reactions. Maximum and minumum voltages for galvanic and electrolytic systems.
  2. Electrochemical kinetics: Butler-Volmer model with and without transport limitations. Tafel plot analysis. Linear and cyclic voltammetry.
  3. Transport / Fluidic: Diffusion, migration, and convection of electroactive species in different systems.
  4. Electrochemical reactors: Architecture, characterization and scaling.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between galvanic and electrolytic reactions.
  • Determine electrochemical thermodynamic efficiency and voltage of a redox system.
  • Determine key kinetic models used to characterize electrochemical devices.
  • Design electrodes and operating conditions with favorable performance for specific applications.